The Motorola Edge 40 Neo has been the talk of the town, especially during the festive sale season in India. The device was selling like hotcakes and getting sold out in minutes. Whenever any device is hyped up to this level it brings a certain level of scepticism. After having used the device for nearly a month I can confirm that the newest addition to the Edge lineup is a worthy piece of tech. Find out whether the Edge 40 Neo stands its ground in the oversaturated 25K price category –
The design element of the Edge 40 Neo sets it apart from the crowd. Phones in this price segment tend to be big bricks whereas this one has a much more poised and elegant form factor. The colour scheme here has been inspired by the Pantone catalogue and the version we used is named ‘Caneel Bay’ The vegan leather finish at the back made up for a good grip but I predominantly used it with the cover provided in the box. The curved screen panel reminds you of some of the premium devices. I used the OnePlus Nord CE3 5G and the Motorola Edge 40 Neo as my two daily drivers and often found myself jumping on to the Neo as it felt more premium even though the OnePlus is priced a little higher.
Another great aspect of this device is the display which offers a higher refresh rate than the competition at 144Hz. It shares the same display as the standard Moto Edge 40 with HDR10+ support and a max touch sampling rate of 360Hz. But how well does that translate in real-life usage? The display is simply immersive. A curved display with 144Hz at Moto’s standard POLED quality is something to feast your eyes on. It produces warm and punchy colours.
With Dimensity 7020 SoC under the hood, the Moto Edge 40 Neo is designed for a balanced performance. It runs on nearstock Android, an added benefit of buying Moto devices. For an average consumer who uses their phone for social media browsing, watching content, and playing casual games, this device is more than what you’d expect. It is not designed to handle heavy games but still puts up a respectable performance during extended gaming sessions with minimal heating. The camera performance is balanced here though night photography is not exactly its cup of tea. With a 5,000 mAh battery and a bundled 68W charger, the Edge 40 Neo is a dependable device.
The Motorola Edge 40 Neo is one of the most balanced devices you can get your hands on in the current smartphone market. It boasts a premium design and a powerful chipset which make up for a reputable overall experience.